30 Quai des Charbonnages
Koolmijnenkaai, 1080 Brussels
Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology

Conservation & Conversation - Augmenting Brussels’ Bioacoustics through audio-visual 3d tools - Studio Above & Below

28.01 /// 10:00 - 17:00

Studio Above&Below presents a workshop around the use of Bioacoustics and the importance of augmenting communication between other species when creating worlds, through finding support networks using tools including Games Engines and AI classification tools.
The workshop will be a one-day event, consisting of an artist talk, showcasing elements from the development of their EMAP residency project with iMAL and an introduction and knowledge sharing session to some of the tools and thinking produced within the residency research period (software & hardware includes: Touchdesigner, Unreal Engine, TensorFlow YAMNet model, recording devices).
The session aims to provoke new thinking about our interconnectivity with other ecosystems within cities, by challenging main-stream communication technologies which currently focus on human needs and machine intelligence (AI) solutions, rather than taking an ‘all planet approach’, which includes humans and non-humans. The workshop will give an introduction to Touchdesigner which can be used to create audio-visual experiences.
The workshop is open to all backgrounds and experiences.

Participants requirements

The workshop is open to all backgrounds and experience.
Participants are asked to bring their own laptops installed with the newest version of Touchdesigner (
It is advised to bring smartphones in order to take pictures and do sound recordings throughout the session.


Studio Above&Below is an art and technology practice founded by Daria Jelonek (GER) and Perry-James Sugden (UK) after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Their work combines digital art, data and generative systems in order to draw together unseen connections between humans, machines and the environment.Believing in research-based art, Studio Above&Below often works with scientists, technologists and communities to push the boundaries of digital media for future living. Over the last years the duo has created groundbreaking artworks using immersive technologies in order to make the invisible visible and to give our environment a voice to express itself.Their work has been shown internationally at institutions and festivals including the RA, Tate Late, V&A London, Nottingham Contemporary, Photophore during the Venice Biennale, HeK Basel, NRW Forum, Today Art Museum, WRO Biennale, WIRED Japan, and Sonar+D. Previous prizes and fundings include Broadway’s NEAR NOW fellowship, Lumen Prize (shortlisted), Bloomberg Bursary, the Battersea Sculpture Prize, Factory Berlin x Sonar+D Artist in Residency and the S+T+Arts x Nesta Italia City of the Future prize.

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